Buffing and polishing a commercial floor

‘First impressions count’ is how the saying goes, so when a customer walks into your business establishment, one of the first things they will see is your floor!  Depending on the nature of your business it is safe to say there will be a fair amount of traffic on your floor during the course of the day causing a build up of dirt, grease and scuff marks so keeping the floor looking top notch gives off an initial great impression of your business.  It is surprising how dull a floor can become with a built up layer of grime.

Buffing is suitable for most floor types including tiles, wood, vinyl, laminate and even concrete.  Before you start using a buffing machine it is important to sweep the area of any lose debris and also block off the area to make it safe. The clearer the floor area is from furniture etc, the better the result will be.  Needless to say, this is best carried out after hours.

Once you’ve prepped your floor, you’re ready to start buffing.

There are different buffing solutions out there for different types of floors so make sure you have the correct one for your floor type.  For the most common method of buffing, the solution is usually applied using a spray.  Take note of the application instructions and apply a nice even layer over the area.  Set your machine to a low speed and fit a suitable pad.  For general cleaning, a red pad would be recommended.

To achieve the best results, start off in the far corner of the area you are buffing and work your way backwards using a pendulum motion making sure you overlap each passing to ensure all areas of the floor is covered.  For any stubborn scuffs or marks, hold the buffer over the area for an extra few seconds.  As you work your way over the floor, make sure to stop and check your pad for dirt build up.  Remember you can always flip your pad over.

Once you have completed buffing your floor you can then finish off with a polish.  Change the pad to white, increase the speed and apply a polishing chemical.  Again start off in the far corner and work your way backwards to avoid walking over the clean areas.

Click on the following link to watch a demo ‘How to operate and use a floor polisher/buffer machine.

For more details on our floor buffer and polishing machines to hire and buy please visit

‘First impressions count’ is how the saying goes, so when a customer walks into your business establishment, one of the first things they will see is your floor!  Depending on the nature of your business it is safe to say there will be a fair amount of traffic on your floor during the course of the day causing a build up of dirt, grease and scuff marks so keeping the floor looking top notch gives off an initial great impression of your business.  It is surprising how dull a floor can become with a built up layer of grime.

Buffing is suitable for most floor types including tiles, wood, vinyl, laminate and even concrete.  Before you start using a buffing machine it is important to sweep the area of any lose debris and also block off the area to make it safe. The clearer the floor area is from furniture etc, the better the result will be.  Needless to say, this is best carried out after hours.

Once you’ve prepped your floor, you’re ready to start buffing.

There are different buffing solutions out there for different types of floors so make sure you have the correct one for your floor type.  For the most common method of buffing, the solution is usually applied using a spray.  Take note of the application instructions and apply a nice even layer over the area.  Set your machine to a low speed and fit a suitable pad.  For general cleaning, a red pad would be recommended.

To achieve the best results, start off in the far corner of the area you are buffing and work your way backwards using a pendulum motion making sure you overlap each passing to ensure all areas of the floor is covered.  For any stubborn scuffs or marks, hold the buffer over the area for an extra few seconds.  As you work your way over the floor, make sure to stop and check your pad for dirt build up.  Remember you can always flip your pad over.

Once you have completed buffing your floor you can then finish off with a polish.  Change the pad to white, increase the speed and apply a polishing chemical.  Again start off in the far corner and work your way backwards to avoid walking over the clean areas.

Click on the following link to watch a demo ‘How to operate and use a floor polisher/buffer machine.

For more details on our floor buffer and polishing machines to hire and buy please visit https://cleaningequipmentservices.uk/product-category/used-rotary-buffersscrubbers/

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